— April Bloomfield has tapped Trevor Kunk, a veteran of Blue Hill, to work as The Breslin’s new executive chef. Christina Lecki, the accomplished chef who ran the show at The Breslin for many years, is helping with the opening of Bloomfield and Ken Friedman’s forthcoming Upper West Side all-day restaurant/butcher shop White Gold. Lecki recently moved into a new role where she's working with April on developing future projects. The opening of the new restaurant, which will feature a butchery program overseen by Erika Nakamura and Jocelyn Guest, is slated for the end of October.
— The popular burger from Chicago’s Au Cheval will be available at Chef’s Club by Food & Wine in Nolita on October 9 and 10. On the second evening, the Au Cheval favorite will be served alongside the acclaimed burger from Emily in Clinton Hill. Reservations for the special burger nights are available on OpenTable.
— Gael Greene has a great first meal at King, the new Hudson Square restaurant from River Cafe alums Clare de Boer and Jess Shadbolt: "The guinea hen for two is a special triumph. The bird’s velvet flesh is exciting all by itself on first bite, but I need another quick mouthful dipped into the lemony rosemary sauce with bits of spinach. The $42 serving is meant to share, of course, and I fear my enthusiasm may be drawing too much attention, but never mind. I’ll have another tendril of meat dotted with mascarpone."
— This weekend, Floyd Cardoz will roll out brunch at his Soho Indian hot spot Paowalla. The menu will include popular dishes from the dinner menu along with a dosa with fried eggs, Greek yogurt with saffron, and a coconut chili chutney with eggs and cheddar cheese. Brunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
— Argentinian-born chef Norberto Piattoni, who previously worked with Francis Mallmann, is now running the kitchen at Cassette in Greenpoint. Jeff Puchon, a veteran of Willow, is working with Piattoni as chef de cuisine. The chefs are serving a bunch of new dishes for fall, and now all of Cassette’s food is available for dine-in or to-go.
— Here’s a look at the new signage for Maison Pickle, the new Upper West Side restaurant from Jacob Hadjigeorgis, the proprietor of Jacob’s Pickles:
In a previous lifetime, this space was home to Tom Valenti’s Ouest. The new place will specialize in French dip sandwiches. It’s slated to open later this fall — likely around the beginning of November.
— Falafel Shop on Rivington has been dark for several weeks and the phone is dead. It looks like the four-year-old restaurant is done for good.
— The lights are also off at Tonkatsuya on East Sixth Street, which opened last March.
— When the London location of Dominique Ansel Bakery opens tomorrow, the famous French pastry chef will serve his Cronuts and cookie shots as well as a bunch of new items like Welsh rarebit croissants and a "banoffee paella" with caramelized bananas.
— And finally, here’s a look at the jerk meats at the Island Spice Grill cart in Midtown: